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Standards-Based Grading

The Solon Board of Education approved new grading guidelines at its May 2012 meeting. The primary purpose of grading in the Solon Community School District is to communicate achievement status to students, parents and others. Secondary purposes of grading include providing feedback to students for self-assessment and growth and encouraging student progress and self-monitoring of learning.

Guidelines

  1. Entries in the grade book that count towards the final grade will be limited to course or grade level standards.**
  2. Extra credit will not be given at any time.
  3. Students will be allowed multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of classroom standards in various ways. Retakes and revisions will be allowed.
  4. Teachers will determine grade book entries by considering multiple points of data emphasizing the most recent data and provide evidence to support their determination.
  5. Students will be provided multiple opportunities to practice standards independently through homework or other class work. Practice assignments and activities will be consistent with classroom standards for the purpose of providing feedback. Practice assignments, including homework, will not be included as part of the final grade.

** Exceptions will be made for midterm and/or final summative assessments. These assessments, limited to no more than one per nine-week period may be reported as a whole in the grade book.

Additional information

A number of resources have been shared at parent meetings and through email during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year:

Questions about standards-based grading may be directed to building principals or Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction.

Solon Community School District

301 South Iowa Street, Solon, IA 52333

319-624-3401 • 319-624-2518 (fax)

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